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"We are conducting an initial review of verified accounts and will remove verification from accounts whose behaviour does not fall within these new guidelines.
"We will continue to review and take action as we work towards a new programme we are proud of," the official @TwitterSupport account posted late on Wednesday.
"We're working on a new authentication and verification program. In the meantime, we are not accepting any public submissions for verification and have introduced new guidelines for the programme," Twitter said.
Launched in 2016, the micro-blogging website created an online application process for Twitter accounts to receive verified status, which allows people to identify key individuals and organisations on Twitter as authentic and are denoted by a blue tick icon.
This typically includes accounts maintained by public figures and organisations in music, TV, film, fashion, government, politics, religion, media, sports, business and other key interest areas.